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Lakhani becomes a major winner and races up the leaderboard
Frinton Golf Club was host to the eighth event on the Golf Days UK Essex Tour on a sunny August afternoon. As a second major 125 order of merit points were on offer for the winner and with several players in their fifth event there were set to be dramatic changes to the overall leaderboard.
Live Scoring was again used to add excitement to the day as players knew how they were performing against everyone out on the course. It was tour regular Jason Skelton who was setting the early pace getting to 3 under to his handicap after just 5 holes. Through the turn it was Jason along with newcomers Steve Mabbott and Luke Mabbott who shared the lead at 2 under to their handicaps. Going steady was also Graham Miles and Kamal Lakhani.
Overall leader on the tour Dave Parry was starting to score well on the back nine but failed to improve enough after a disappointing front nine and finished with 32 points. Last month’s winner Dave Goude also failed to make an impact on the leaders. Making a late charge though was previous major champion Ben Scott who was rapidly climbing the leaderboard on the back nine. It was 2012 Essex Tour runner up Kamal Lakhani who was first in with an impressive 39 points from his ¾ handicap of 8. Graham Miles finished strongly also with 36 points from his ¾ handicap of 3. Only Steve Mabbott had a realistic chance of catching Kamal and with a steady finish managed to tie on 39 points. In the end it went to countback for first and third places.
It was Kamal Lakani who took the major title choosing a pair of Nike shoes as his prize as well as receiving £75 worth of Loudmouth Golf clothing and 125 Order of Merit points. Steve Mabbott took second place and Ben Scott managed to beat Graham Miles on countback to reach the third spot. Nearest the pin prizes went to Reggie Smith for his approach to the par 3 8th hole and Dave Roth for his shot into 16.
The results on the day saw Kamal jump to second in the overall leaderboard with 502 points while Dave Parry holds the lead with 509 points. With a custom fit set of irons on offer for the overall order of merit winner it looks as though it will go right down to the tenth event. Poised to make a charge in the next two events are Stuart Miller and Ben Scott as both have played 4 events and have amassed 413 and 402 points respectively. The major results caused a big shuffle in the overall leaderboard and with the top fifteen qualifying for the final, good performances in the last two events will be crucial for many to have the chance to become Essex Tour Champion 2013.
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The next event of the Golf Days UK Essex Tour is at Three Rivers Golf Club on Friday 27th September. To sign up for this event, click here